ISBN-10:
1558499407
ISBN-13:
9781558499409
Pub. Date:
06/30/2012
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Museums, Monuments, and National Parks: Toward a New Genealogy of Public History

Museums, Monuments, and National Parks: Toward a New Genealogy of Public History

by Denise D. Meringolo
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ISBN-13: 9781558499409
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date: 06/30/2012
Series: Public History in Historical Perspective Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,076,045
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Denise D. Meringolo is associate professor of history and director of public history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue: A New Kind of Technician In Search of the Culture of Public History xiii

Part 1 Science and Government Defining the Landscape

1 A Matter of National Dignity Education and Federal Authority 3

2 Managing the Landscape National Parks, National Monuments, and the Use of Public Land 26

Part 2 Turning Nature into History The National Park Service and the Culture of Public History

3 Losing Their Identity National Park Service Museums and Federal Collections 59

4 Ignorant and Local-Minded Influences Historic Sites and the Expansion of the National Park Service 84

5 Real Park Service Men On the Ground and in the Books 109

Part 3 Whom Do We Serve? Public History and the Question of Authority

6 Park Service Diggers Public Historians and the Problem of Status 131

Conclusion Toward a New Genealogy of Public History 153

A Note on Sources 169

Notes 171

Index 199

Illustrations follow page 128

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Anne Mitchell Whisnant

A valuable contribution that illuminates the key role of the National Park Service in shaping the field—offered at a crucial time when public history programs are expanding, public sector support is waning, and the field is going through a period of redefinition. We need this book now.

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